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Anna NagurneyAbout the Director: Anna Nagurney is the John F. Smith Memorial Professor in the Department of Operations and Information Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also the Founding Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and the Supernetworks Laboratory for Computation and Visualization at UMass Amherst. She is an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst. She received her AB, ScB, ScM, and PhD degrees from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She devotes her career to education and research that combines operations research / management science, engineering, and economics. Her focus is the applied and theoretical aspects of network systems, particularly in the areas of transportation and logistics, critical infrastructure, and in economics and finance.

Her most recent book is: Dynamics of Disasters—Key Concepts, Models, Algorithms, and Insights that she edited with I.S. Kotsireas and P.M. Pardalos, published by Springer International Publishing Switzerland in 2016. She has also authored, Competing on Supply Chain Quality: A Network Economics Perspective, with D. Li, also published by Springer International Publishing Switzerland in 2016 and Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products, co-authored with M. Yu, A.H. Masoumi, and L.S. Nagurney, published in 2013 by Springer Science + Business Media, NYC.

She is the author, with Q. Qiang, of the book, Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World, published in 2009. She is also the author of Supply Chain Network Economics published in 2006. She  has authored or co-authored 8 other books including Supernetworks: Decision-Making for the Information Age, Financial Networks, Sustainable Transportation Networks, and Network Economics, edited the book, Innovations in Financial and Economic Networks, and authored or co-authored more than 185 refereed journal articles and book chapters. For a full list of her publications see her Curriculum Vita.

Her research has garnered support from the National Science Foundation, the Advanced Cyber Security Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the AT&T Foundation.

In 2017, Professor Nagurney will be a Summer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she will be working on game theory network models for disaster relief and blood supply chains. She is also the co-organizer, with Ilias S. Kotsireas and Panos M. Pardalos, of the next Dynamics of Disasters conference, which will take place in Greece in 2017.

Professor Nagurney is featured in the 2016 book: STEM GEMS: How 44 Women Shine in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and How You Can Too! authored by Stephanie Espy.

Professor Nagurney was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University in England for the 2015-2016 Trinity Term. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she was invited to speak at MIT, Yale University, the University of Buffalo, the MITRE Corporation, and Carnegie Mellon University, and was a keynote speaker at Analytics Day at the University of Waterloo in Canada. While a Visiting Fellow at Oxford she also gave invited seminars at Imperial College in London and at Lancaster University.

Professor Nagurney was a Visiting Professor of Operations Management at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, as part of the University's International Visiting Professor Programme, for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and spent part of her 2012-2103 sabbatical in Gothenburg. She was also a Guest Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in March 2013.

In 2016, she received a Volunteer Service Award at the Distinguished Level from INFORMS at the Annual Meeting In Nashville, Tennessee, November 13-16.

She received an Exceptional Merit Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 and in 2012.

In June 2014, she received the University Medal from the University of Catania in Italy for her contributions to networks and mentorship of operations researchers.

In 2013, Professor Nagurney was elected an INFORMS Fellow.

In November 2012, she received the Walter Isard Award for her sustained contributions to theory and methodology in Regional Science. She received this award at the 59th Annual Meeting North American Meeting of the Regional Science Association International in Ottawa, Canada.

In 2012, Professor Nagurney also received the Spotlight Scholar Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was recognized by the Isenberg School of Management with the 2011-2012 Research Excellence Award.

In March 2011, she received the Jane F. Garvey Transportation Leadership Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Among the additional honors that she has received are: the University of Massachusetts Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, an INFORMS Moving Spirit Award, a Radcliffe Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Research Team Fellowship, a Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, two AT&T Foundation Industrial Ecology Fellowships, the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Massachusetts, an Eisenhower Faculty Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, a Faculty Fellowship from the University of Massachusetts, and the Kempe Prize from the University of Umea, Sweden. Her paper with Jose Cruz, International Financial Networks with Intermediation: Modeling, Analysis, and Computations, was awarded the best paper prize for 2004 by the journal Computational Management Science. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brown University.

In 2010, she was honored by Ernst & Young through its Inclusive Excellence Award for Accounting and Business School Faculty for her outstanding example in promoting diversity and inclusiveness.

In 2009, she was a selected panelist on Traffic at the World Science Festival in New York City and, in 2011, was an invited panelist at the Transportation Research Board meeting and at the AAAS meeting, both of which took place in Washington DC. She was the convener of the symposium Dynamics of Disasters at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. On April 25, 2013, she was a featured panelist on Transport and Traffic at The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference with the theme Building Sustainable Cities. On November 25, 2013, she was one of eight speakers at TEDx UMass Amherst in the Professor Speaker Showcase, having been nominated by students.

During March 2008, Professor Nagurney was a Senior Fulbright Specialist in Business Administration at the University of Catania  in Italy. In May 2008, she led the conference, Humanitarian Logistics: Networks for Africa, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference and Study Center programs. 

In 2008, she was appointed a consultant to the World Bank. She was appointed an Instructor in the Office of Executive Education at Harvard University in 2009.

Professor Anna Nagurney has been featured in Science  and was named an Intellectual Leader in Regional Science according to the number of citations to her published articles.  In 2007, she was elected  a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).  In 2007, she also received the INFORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research / Management Sciences, known as the WORMS award. She was the Chair of the 2011 RSAI Fellow Selection Committee.

She has given plenary and invited talks in Austria, Greece, Ukraine, Argentina, Switzerland, China, Sweden, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Colombia, the US, and other countries. Professor Nagurney has served on numerous prize and award committees both as a committee member and as Chair.

She is the editor of the book series, New Dimensions in Networks (Edward Elgar Publishing), and the co-editor of the book series, Advances in Computational Economics (Springer).

She is on the editorial boards of the journals: Annals of Operations Research, Computational Economics, Computational Management Science, Annals of Regional Science, International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications,  The Journal of Computational Optimization in Economics and FinanceThe Journal of Financial Decision Making, Netnomics: Economic Research and Electronic NetworkingOptimization Letters, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, the International Transactions in Operational Research, and Transportation Research E.

Professor Nagurney is a participant in the INFORMS Speaker Program and from 2011-2012 was the Chair of the INFORMS Speaker Program. Click here for more info.

She is the Faculty Advisor to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and its associated Lecture Series and has served in this capacity since 2004.  In 2007, the  chapter received  the INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award Summa Cum Laude, the first year the award was given,  for its activities at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. It received the Summa Cum Laude Award again at the 2009 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Diego and at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. In 2008, the chapter was recognized for its activities with the INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award Magna Cum Laude at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. It also received this award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in 2010 in Austin, Texas, in 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012, at the INFORMS Phoenix, Arizona Meeting, and, in 2013, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2016, the chapter received the Cum Laude Award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee and it also received this award at the 2014 San Francisco, California Annual Meeting.

She has chaired 19 doctoral dissertations and has several doctoral students working under her supervision presently. The dissertations of her former doctoral students, Dr. Padma Ramanujam and Dr. Patrick Qiang, were recognized with national dissertation awards. She served as the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Management Science at the Isenberg School of Management for over a decade until 2011.

For more information, see Professor Nagurney's home page.

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